Hangover workouts

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    Jun 05, 2016 10:46 AM GMT
    Random, but has anybody noticed that their gym performance is sometimes boosted by a hangover? At least with cardio, I find that once I get going (let's say with a 5k run) hangovers actually leave me feeling determined - which I can understand - and my senses a bit dulled, which actually helps when your legs would normally be aching etc.

    Does this happen to anybody else? Does it make sense to happen? (I know very little about neuroscience but am intrigued.)

    Edit: I thought I'd put this in the fitness forum, sorry.
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    Jun 05, 2016 11:11 AM GMT
    I've noticed.
    But I've also recorded my best workouts when I started out totally unmotivated. I force myself to go through the motions.
    After a few minutes I find myself into more of a zone than when I approached the start with enthusiasm.
    This I've experienced apart from prior alcohol consumption .
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    Jun 05, 2016 11:15 AM GMT
    Yeah, it makes sense I guess that if you have to work harder you'll get more 'into' the workout. But the weird thing is I don't actually feel that I work harder when hungover; it just comes more easily.
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    Jun 05, 2016 11:26 AM GMT
    When suffering a hangover one is obviously working hard to 'lift the fog'.
    So maybe that struggle starts us off with a good challenge that leads to us finding our zone.
    But quite possibly there's a neurochemical response to explain the phenomenon.
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    Jun 05, 2016 11:45 AM GMT
    Joet94 said
    Does this happen to anybody else?

    No, just the opposite for me. And worse if I got a genuine hangover, which I rarely get in recent years. Either my body has become immune (or desensitized) to alcohol, or also because I drink very little anymore. No, next day during exercise I could feel the alcohol from just 2 drinks fully 12 hours earlier.

    When I wore a military uniform and had to participate in exercise several times a week, both organized athletics and solo workouts, having drinks the night before slowed me way down. When running it was like I had weights tied to me, and I was slow & sluggish overall. Doing more exercise did not help, I just hadda wait until the alcohol left my system. And these weren't even hangovers, just a few social drinks.

    For that reason I never drank on weekdays (and not at all when on extended field duty and operating 7 days a week), only on Friday & Saturday, not even Sunday. Because Monday morning I returned to hard exercising. Not counting weekend swimming & tennis at the club, or going camping with maybe some hiking, canoeing, biking, etc. Talk about taking my work home with me! LOL!
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    Jun 05, 2016 12:00 PM GMT
    That's interesting; like you said, I also suffer with pretty nasty hangovers even from few drinks, and they linger. But exercise seems to be actually the only thing which comes close to pulling me out of them. Not weight training though, just cardio.
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    Jun 05, 2016 2:23 PM GMT
    I find my performance takes a hit the day after drinking irrespective of having a hangover. That said I have found running and cycling work well to cure or reduce the effects of hangovers. I assume it has to do with blood flow and increased metabolism.
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    Jun 05, 2016 7:12 PM GMT
    YES! I just thought it was me.
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    Jun 05, 2016 9:37 PM GMT
    As an experiment give the herb Ginkgo Biloba a try . It thins the blood . The performance improvement you might be experiencing might be from the blood thinning effect of alcohol. A massage therapist asked me to drink a glass of red wine before an appointment to make her job easier.
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    Jun 06, 2016 2:29 AM GMT
    Well, it has been a very long time for me, so I'm not sure. But it seems to fall into the category of endurance sports and farm work. Like when when you just completely lose the will to live or any human ambition beyond the next step/pedal/Rock/bale of hay/etc. Then you look behind you and see that you've moved a fucking mountain. Or at least scaled one.
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    Jun 07, 2016 3:31 PM GMT
    Yes, particularly if i drank gin the night before!!